Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at RAAF Base Amberley. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at RAAF Base Amberley. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

Royals chillax in the capital ahead of Uluru adventure

THE royal couple spent a relaxing day in the national capital ahead of one of the most anticipated trips on their current Australian tour.

The royal family arrived in Canberra on Sunday night where they have taken up residence at Yarralumla, the official home of the Governor-General, for the duration of their trip.

They were greeted at Fairbairn Air Force base by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh along with 200 residents who had won their place in ballot.

There was no official engagements scheduled for Monday, however Fairfax Media reported the royal couple took an early morning walk hand-in-hand through the grounds of Government House.

Prince William and Princess Kate will fly to Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory on Tuesday  where they will experience a traditional welcome to country before visiting the National Indigenous Training Academy where they will present graduation certificates to students.

The royal couple will also visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to view indigenous art displays and interact with artists.

They will then attend an afternoon tea reception hosted by Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles before taking a highly-anticipated walk around the base of Uluru, one of Australia's most recognisable natural wonders.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the night at the luxury wilderness camp Latitude 101 before heading to Adelaide on Wednesday. 

Their trip to the Red Centre bares striking similarities to the visit by Prince Charles and Princess Diana who visited the scared monument in March, 1984.

Prince William was only 10 months-old when his parent's embarked on their first Australian tour less than two years after their spectacular wedding.


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